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Greece

When someone mentions the word Greece, what instantly springs to mind is, clear blue seas, golden sandy beaches and Greek gods. Alongside the smell of fresh white paint from buildings with amazing picturesque views.  A crossroad between culture and colours, old and new.

Being located South-Eastern of Europe, southern end of the Balkan Peninsula. You will find yourself in the point of three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa. Bordering Bulgaria from the North, Albania North West and North East onto Turkey.

Greek islands

The Greek lands amount to 6,000 islands and insets scattered around the Aegean and Ionian Seas of which only 227 islands are inhabited. Truly unique for a European continent, with a total of 16,000 km which consist of coastline. Enough stretch of land to feel the pebbles at your feet.  If coastal caves, steep rocks and volcanic sand is not enough to tempt you, the main cities will have you walking around monuments, shopping and sampling the flavoursome cuisine.

Greece welcomes travelers from all over world. It is and will forever be a great place to take the family to on holiday.  The opportunity to tour the main land, visit the islands, or do both. The choice is endless.  Traveling around Greece has never been easier. The options of using the rail, ferry and ship have never been more affordable and cost effective, allowing you to have the most convenient option of exploring this amazing country called Greece.

Fun for all the family

Children and parents can visit a museum or a recreational park – the Acropolis museum, children’s museum in Plaka, or Attica Zoo Park. Which is one of the biggest in the Balkans, with endless activities to keep your little one on their toes. The mountain hills in Athens like Parnitha, you can have a picnic or ride a bicycle around the Athens Riviera, with its beautiful beaches, luxurious shopping malls and famous restaurants, what more could a family ask for.

In wintertime why should you miss out. Winter resorts such as Pilio, Arachova and Kalavrita, where tradition is never far away. Cuisine, picturesque villages, ski and snowboard activities, the fun never ends. If you feel the desire to explore the main cities, then Thessaloniki and Patras would be the ideal choice for you.  The Christmas period with carnival festivities is an experience for the whole family to discover.

 Time Zone: GMT +2

Capital of Greece : Athens

Official language: Greek

The currency : Euro(€)

Climate: Mediterranean

Flight Time from England:  3 hours 45 minutes

Visas:  Visas are not required by European citizens from countries part of the European Union for up to 3 months. An identity card and passport are required for airline travel.

Vaccinations:  Some vaccines are recommended or required for Greece. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Greece: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), and influenza.

Health and Safety:  In order to have access to health care, tourists from member states of the European Union (EU) wishing to visit Greece must be holders of the European Health Card (EHIC) or any other legal Community document issued by their competent social security agency.

Emergency numbers

  • Ambulance Service: 166
  • SOS Doctors : 1016
  • Duty Hospitals and Clinics: 1434
  • Pharmacies: 1434
  • Open Line for alcohol drug Addiction: 210 36 17 089
  • Poisoning First Aid: 210 77 93 777
  • Police: 100
  • Tourist Police: 1571

Festival Days and Events

  • New Years Day: 1st of January
  • Epiphany: 6th of January. Sea water is consecrated in the area of Piraeus. The priests throw the Cross into the sea and young men dive to catch it.
  • Ash Monday: 41 days before Easter. It is the day people begin Lent. On Ash Monday Greeks fly kites, eat meatless food and celebrate Koulouma. Athenians gather on Philopappou Hill.
  • Independence Day & Celebration of Evaggelismos: 25th of March. Military parade.
  • Easter: From Holy Friday until Easter Monday. On Holy Friday evening every church decorates the Epitaph (Bier of Christ). During the procession of the Epitaph the streets of every city or village in the country are full of people. It is a religious procession where everybody holds lit candles in their hands and sings hymns.
  • Night of the Resurrection: It is celebrated in midnight before Easter Sunday with fireworks and candles.
  • Easter Sunday: On Easter Sunday Greeks eat barbecue lamb. The celebrations include singing and dancing all day long.
  • Labor Day: 1st of May. Flower feasts all around Athens.
  • Pentecost: It is celebrated 50 days after Easter.
  • Assumption of the Virgin Mary: 15th of August.
  • 28th of October: National Celebration. Military parade.
  • Christmas: 25th-26th of December.